After all the hoopla in Game 4 before their home crowd, the Oklahoma City Thunder fans began leaving with the game still in doubt. They had had enough. Enough of the youngsters. Enough of the Dallas Mavericks. And perhaps enough of the NBA.

As they streamed out, with Durant staying on the floor with his head in his hands, and the teams’ shoulders sagging, you knew it was almost certainly over. Not only has history shown that you simply do not come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA playoffs, it has shown that doing so without homecourt advantage is practically impossible.

There have been many great comebacks in NBA history. The most publicized is Reggie Miller scoring 8 points in 16.4 seconds to win a game that was certainly already won by the New York Knicks. The Boston Celtics beat the New Jersey Nets after trailing by 21 points at the start of the fourth quarter. And the Dallas Mavericks came back in their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder from a fifteen point deficit in the final 5 minutes to tie the game and then win in overtime.

There are many ways to gauge a comeback. Was it done with the least amount of time? Was it due to team play or a single player? When was it done? Were the teams evenly matched? Was the comeback staged on a hostile court? What was the losing team’s record on the court where they were playing? What was the impact of the win? What were the game circumstances, and how close did the other team come to winning?

Surely, the comeback in Game 4 of the Mavericks – Thunder NBA Western Conference Finals ranks in the top comebacks of all time. Especially its impact.

THIS IS EVEN HARD TO HAPPEN WHEN PLAYING NBA LIVE 2011, how can this happen in real life ????

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